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RJD, Congress protest against note ban in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 8: The opposition Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) and the Congress on Wednesday protested against demonetisation across Bihar and observed November 8 as a “black day” to mark the completion of one year of the note ban.

Hundreds of slogan-shouting workers of the RJD and the Congress staged a protest against demonetisation in Patna and took out a march to the District Magistrate’s office.

“Protesting workers of RJD and Congress broke barricades put up by the district administration to stop them and entered the collectorate,” a district police official said.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad led a protest in Hajipur, the district headquarters of Vaishali. He also addressed a rally against notebandi.

“Last year on November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation that not only claimed the lives of over 100 people but also affected one and all,” he said.

He further said that demonetisation had created joblessness, slowed down businesses, and hit hard farmers and common people. “Demonetisation has harmed the country.”

Leader of Opposition in the Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav said the central government’s decision of demonetisation was “anti-people” and “anti-poor”.

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Patna: Bihar Congress acting president Kaukab Qadri along with party workers participate in a protest march to observe the first anniversary of demonetisation as “Black Day” in Patna on Nov 8, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

“People are unhappy and angry over notebandi followed by GST (Goods and Services Tax) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and therefore, observing black day,” he said.

The Congress party was also scheduled to take out a candle light march here on Wednesday night to protest against notebandi.

However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s ally Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday congratulated the central government led by Narendra Modi for demonetisation. “Notebandi has worked effectively against black money. It hit hard even transactions for benami properties.”

The BJP and its allies, including Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United and the Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Paswan, celebrated November 8 as “anti-back money day”.

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FIR lodged against Shia Waqf Board chief for hurting sentiments of Sunnis

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Mumbai, Dec 18 : An FIR has been registered at JJ Marg police station against Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi by a Mumbai based organisation Raza Academy, for allegedly hurting religious statements of Sunni Muslims.

Earlier, the case was lodged against Rizvi on the basis of a complaint of the Sahaba Action Committee at Lucknow ‘s Chowk Police station.

In the complaint, the Sahaba Action Committee claimed that Rizvi had offended the members of Sunni sect of Islam by his remarks over their Caliphs.

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India retaliates after Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

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Pulwama encounter

Srinagar, Dec 18 : India is strongly retaliated after Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling    along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

Pakistan Army  violated ceasefire by indiscriminate firing with small arms, automatics, and mortars .The troops guarding the borderline retaliated and the  exchange of fire was continuing intermittently  when last reports came in. The unprovoked firing from Pakistan side began in the evening.

On December 12, an encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Sopore area.

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US pullout from INF Treaty may ruin arms control system: Putin

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Moscow, Dec 18 Russia will have to take additional measures to boost its security if the US withdraws from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

US withdrawal from the INF Treaty may ruin the entire arms control system, said the Russian President.

“Such a step will have the most negative consequences, and will noticeably weaken regional and global security,” Putin said while speaking at an extended meeting of the Russian Defence Ministry board, Xinhua news agency reported.

“In fact, in the long term, the talk is about the degradation and even collapse of the entire arms control architecture and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” he added.

For a long time, the US has been using unsubstantiated accusations that Russia had violated its obligations under the treaty as a pretext to withdraw from it unilaterally, thus violating the treaty itself, Putin said.

He agreed that the INF Treaty did not involve other countries which have medium and shorter range missiles.

“But what prevents us from starting negotiations on their accession to the current agreement, or starting to discuss the parameters of a new treaty?” Putin said.

The treaty, in modern conditions, plays the role of a stabilising factor, which allows maintaining a certain level of predictability and restraint in the military sphere, he said.

He recalled that the INF Treaty signed in 1987 involved the elimination of medium-range and shorter-range (500-5,000 km) ground-based missiles. At the time, the USSR had no other missiles, while the US had sea-based and air-launched missiles.

Russia, since the signing of the treaty, has developed sea-based and air-launched missiles, which was the cause for Washington’s concern, Putin said.

According to Putin, it will not be difficult for Russia, if necessary, to create appropriate land-based systems as a response to the US withdrawal from the INF.

However, Russia is always open to any proposals and initiatives that lead to the strengthening of universal security including the prevention of a new arms race in the interests not only of Russia, but of the US and the whole world, Putin said.

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